Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas 2012 Resolutions!

It was a great Christmas....
We were blessed to have at least part of
our family with us.


Christmas 2012 will be very different.

I sent myself a note on October 1st that I would
start pulling out Christmas boxes and deciding
what I would need for decorating.


I actually took down my fall decorations
before Thanksgiving... even assembling my
new pewter-colored Christmas tree.


The results:

The most unorganized Christmas I can remember
in years!

My Christmas 2012 Resolutions

  1. Cut back on decorating
  2. Store only the decorations I plan to use next year
  3. Reduce the 17 bins (this is true confession here!) to 5 .. ok,  7 bins!
  4. Allow only 2  3 days for decorating... period!
  5. Plan menu and cook ahead AND
don't cook for an Army!


And if you belive this will truly happen... then "I have some ocean front proptery in Arizona" to sell you! ;-)

My Favorite Christmas Recipe this Year

Cranberry Sauce with Bourbon

1 lb. (about 4 c.) fresh cranberries
1 c. sugar
1 c. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 c. bourbon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cranberries, sugars, and cinnamon in 9x13" baking dish. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 1 hour, stirring after 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and stir in bourbon.
Refrigerate cranberry sauce until well chilled. This can be prepared a week in advance.
Transfer to a bowl and serve.

Today I am linking to
A Stroll Thru Life


Deb said...

I hear you sister....some times less is more...

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

I too MUST get rid of some holiday decor and get it down to only 10 containers. not sure if I can but I gotta try.

Cathy said...

I agree this has been the most unorganized Christmas for me too. I need to completely clean out all my containers. Let the purging begin <:)

Cindy@OldTimePickers said...

I looked at all my containers and decided I just wasn't going to do it all this year. It was wonderful! I'm going to jot down your recipe...I cook with bourbon all the time.

CJ said...

Cute post, and what I have resolved to do as well, but .... I have also resolved to stop buying dishes, but an addict is hard to stop. Your bio shares that your family business is farming in Mexico. How interesting. I look forward to seeing more of your blogg this year. You must be so proud of both your children and their spouses. Happy New Year. ~CJ

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I do agree. I so need to get rid of sooooooooooo many things and just thin out in general. Hugs, Marty

Theresa said...

Me too, me too! I try really hard to make it simple:) BUT... I only TRY! Happy that you all had a great Christmas! HUGS!

Laura said...

This is an amazing list!
I am copying it word for word right now-

I just need to find a pen...


Martha said...

I HAVE done that and I like our home better with less Christmas stuff! The greens and the tree! I know you will do it!

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh Karen, those are truly wonderful family photographs! I hear you about unorganized, happened to me too! Great resolutions!